STEMS stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. In STEMS Club, students are given time to focus on competitive events we attend. STEMS members may also be involved in leadership training, as well as community service projects, throughout the year. This club involve self-directed learning, and all club members will be expected to produce quality projects to enter our competitions.

Members will be able to compete in the the OETC Robotics Challenge and/or the National Robotics Challenge (NRC), which is our biggest event. The NRC is held at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Marion County Fairgrounds in April each year. Most of the events at the NRC involve the design, production, and programming of robotic devices. These robots range from rather simple maze robots to extremely complex robotic workcells that actually manufacture a product at the Coliseum.

As a STEMS Club member, students are expected to strive for scholarship. As a scholar, students are expected to manage time appropriately, research to find solutions to their STEMS competition challenge, maintain academic excellence, and exemplify model behavior of a middle school student. To meet the goes, the following conditions must be met for membership:
  • Passing all academic classes
  • Cannot be suspended from school at any time
  • Maintain appropriate behavior and work ethic during STEMS Club meetings.
The advisor(s) reserve the right to revoke membership at any time for appropriate reasons.

It may be necessary for students to participate in fundraisers throughout the year to raise money for the club. These funds are used to purchase supplies and offset the costs of entering the contests. If you are involved in a company or organization that could sponsor one of our teams or the club as a whole, please let me know. As you might imagine, the materials, travel, and maintenance for our club can be very costly.

STEMS Club meetings will be held after school in the tech room. The meetings are a time for the students to work on their projects and get help if needed. Students are not required to stay for the full three hours of each meeting. Meeting reminders or cancelation notices will be made on the Viking News Network and/or Twitter (follow: @rvmsstems).

All STEMS Club students must pay annual dues of $40.00. These dues are used for supplies and contest entry fees.

Please contact Ms. Washburn if you have any questions at [email protected].
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